About the Collection
The Charles Wesley Family Materials at Bridwell Library digital collection presents large-format scans with complete, searchable transcriptions of thirty-eight letters and written and visual documents related to the family of John Wesley’s younger brother, Charles Wesley (1707–1788), the co-founder the Methodist movement and noted hymnist.
These documents, which date from 1771 to 1874, relate to Charles Wesley, his wife Sarah Gwynne Wesley (1726–1822), their sons Charles Wesley, Junior (1757–1834) and Samuel Wesley (1766–1837), their daughter Sarah Wesley (1759–1828), and their grandson, the composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876), who is also represented by two autograph musical scores.
Bridwell Library’s collection of early Methodist documents has developed since the 1950s by means of selective purchases and generous gifts, particularly a major donation by Bishop Frederick DeLand Leete (1866-1958). For more information about the Charles Wesley Family Materials at Bridwell Library, please contact Bridwell Library’s Special Collections Department.